M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum

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The M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum is a group of museums based in Kaunas, Lithuania. It is primarily dedicated to exhibiting and publicizing the works of the painter and musician M.K. Čiurlionis (1875–1911).

The museum was founded in 1921, and opened a temporary gallery in 1925. It was renamed Vytautas the Great Museum of Culture in 1936, receiving its current name in 1944. An expansion took place in 1969.[1]

In addition to Čiurlionis's works and memorabilia, the museum holds collections of Lithuanian folk art, fine and applied art works from the 17th through 20th centuries, ancient Egyptian art, and numismatic items. Its branches include the Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas Picture Gallery, Kaunas Historical Presidential Palace, Ceramics Museum, Devils' Museum, M. K. Čiurlionis Memorial Museum, Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Memorial Museum, Paulius Galaunė Family House, Liudas Truikys and Marijona Rakauskaite Museum, Juozas Zikaras Museum, and Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas Gallery.[1]

The museum sponsors international exhibitions along with lectures, concerts, conferences, and special educational activities for children.

The museum shares its building with the Vytautas the Great War Museum and is located in the New Town of Kaunas. The oldest still functioning Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway is situated nearby. It climbs 142 metres (466 ft) up from behind the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum to the Church of the Resurrection.

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  1. ^ a b "MIKALOJUS KONSTANTINAS CIURLIONIS NATIONAL ART MUSEUM". Lithuanian Museum Association. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 

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Coordinates: 54°54′0″N 23°54′41″E / 54.90000°N 23.91139°E / 54.90000; 23.91139